Champagne Miniere F&R Current Releases
Influence is the flagship cuvee of the domaine. The varietal blend is 30% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Chardonnay. The final blend contains 15% of reserve wines. As is the case with all of their wines, it is aged in oak and the wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation. 30% of the barrels are less than 4 years with the rest being over 5 years old. The wine is aged for 7 years in bottle on its lees so the current vintage is 2007. Dosage is 5g/L.
Absolu Blanc de Blancs
Absolu is 100% Chardonnay from two plots, one planted in 1973 and an un-grafted vineyard planted in 1972. The blend contains 20% of reserve wines. It is aged in oak, 40% of which is less than 4 years with the rest being over 4 years old. The wine is aged for 6 years in bottle on its lees so the current vintage is 2009. Dosage is 6g/L.
Brut Zero 2008
The Minière brothers had been waiting a couple of vintages to make a Champagne with zero dosage and 2008 gave them the perfect conditions. The blend is 30% Pinot noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Chardonnay with 15% reserve wine from 2007. Both the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier come from some of the oldest plots of the domaine with the Pinot Noir being planted in 1975 and the Pinot Meunier in 1968. 30% of the blend is vinified in new barrels with the remainder put in barrels that are over four years old. The wine was aged for 7 years in bottle on its lees.
A rosé d'assemblage, still Pinot Noir is 7% of the blend. The varietal breakdown is 20% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay with 20% of reserve wines. 30% of the blend is vinified in barrels less than four years old with the remainder put in barrels that are over five years old. The wine was aged for 4 years in bottle on its lees and dosage is 8g/L.